Preparing students to succeed in college should also focus on teaching students how to get there.

College readiness programs in schools have been very successful in preparing students academically. However, not all students know the basics for paying for college. Unfortunately, many of today’s graduating seniors, especially those in underserved communities, are not financially prepared to attend school, nor are they prepared to understand the financial aid process.

At a national scale, the U.S. ranks 12th in the world for youth completing college. To compete globally, communities must partner with schools to develop programs that will ensure students have an opportunity to be prepared to succeed in college, but also to have the means to pay for higher education.

Read more about this story at Education Week.

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